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MSI B150 NIGHT ELF

The MSI B150 NIGHT ELF is compatible with AMD processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 64 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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MSI B150 NIGHT ELF

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel B150 help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v3.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear6help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x 3 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

MSI B150 NIGHT ELF compatibility review

The MSI B150 NIGHT ELF uses the AMD LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2133 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

The Micro-ATX MSI B150 NIGHT ELF should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The MSI B150 NIGHT ELF has 6 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The MSI B150 NIGHT ELF supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI B150 NIGHT ELF's PCIe v3.0. The MSI B150 NIGHT ELF supports up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves. Nvidia SLI is not supported.

The MSI B150 NIGHT ELF has 6 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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